Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monday, September 23, 2013

This week, we ran around, worked alot, and at the end of the week we had a turnout so-so.  Sorry, Im forgetting english every day- just deal with it.  :D  Yuri (the rapaz that is dying to be baptized)  needs the permission of his mom and she is a runner.  We´ll have to find a day that we can sit with her bem tranquilo and talk to her about all of this.
Jamine told us the other day that she likes the church, and knows the Book of Mormon is true, but is thinking about going back the Igreja Universal.  We explained to her about the importance of authority and the pure doctrine of Christ and invited her to read and pray again.  The next time we saw her she was doing better, and seems to be ready to progress again.  The highlight of the week was a family that was reactivated Carlos and Marta.  After 4-5 years of being inactive, the ward pulled its efforts together and they went to church this Sunday.  They were super well received and even got a chance to talk to bispo afterwards.
Leticia was also confirmed by her Dad Roberto (as Julia sat on her bench a little upset.  *All the good stuff just happens to Leticia!*   Her mom explained for the 10th time that she has to wait until she turns 8 haha)  Confirmations are some of the most spiritual experiences that I think exist.  The spirit floods the room as the words are said *Receive the Holy Ghost*  I love it.  The portion of the Spirit that is given to the person seems to overflow and the influence can be felt in everyone. 
We decided that this week, we were going to focus on serving the members.  Tuesday we went to the secretaria da ala and mixed some cement for him to fill some stairs that he built. (Stairs and pretty much everything else are built out of concrete here).  So pretty much what happens is you get 10 wheelbarrows full of sand and dump it in a pile in the middle of a street.  Then you grab 5 100lb bags of cement and break them open on top of the sand and mix it all together with a hoe.  Once it is all the same color, you grab 8 wheelbarrows of gravel and throw it on top of the pile, wet it down really good until it looks like chunky gray pudding, and throw it into buckets to dump into the stairs.  Our hands and tennis shoes got destroyed hahaha But it was pretty fun and a really good workout.
The next day, we woke up early to go help Roberto knock down part of his garage that was all moldy.  We took care of that really quick and then climbed up his tree to take down some branches with a facão (machete) and a hatchet.  It is a boyscout´s dream haha. 

We met a lot of great people this week, and I am stoked to teach them.  We will make it a great end of the transfer!!!

Love you all and hope that all is well.

Elder Stinnett

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